Medical actions of herbs and herbal medicines
Updated: Feb 27, 2020
Understanding the way plants interact with the body, there uses and traditional terms A-Z. Lets get started with the quick reference terms:
Alterative - Producing a healthful change without perception.
Anodyne - Relieves pain.
Anthelmintic - A medicine that expels worms.
Aperient - Gently laxative without purging.
Aromatic - A stimulant, spicy.
Astringent - Causes contraction and arrests discharges.
Antibilious - Acts on the bile relieving biliousness.
Antiemetic - Stops vomiting.
Antileptic - Relives fits.
Antiperiodic Arrest morbid periodic movements.
Anthilic - Prevents the formation of stones in the urinary organs.
Antirheumatic - Relieves or cures rheumatism.
Antiscorbutic - cures or prevents scurvy.
Antiseptic - A medicine that aims at stopping putrification.
Antispasmodic - Relieves or prevents spasms.
Antisyphilitic - Having affect or curing venereal diseases.
Carminative - Expels wind from the bowels.
Carthatic - Evacuating from the bowels.
Cephalic - Remedies used in diseases of the head.
Cholagogue - Increases the flow of bile.
Condiment - Improves the flavor of foods.
Demulcent - soothing, relieves inflammation.
Depurative - Purifies the blood.
Detergent - Cleansing to boils, ulcers and wounds, etc.
Diaphoretic - Produces perspiration.
Discutient - Dissolves and heals tumours.
Diuretic - Increases the secretion and flow of urine.
Emetic - Produces vomiting.
Emmenagogue - promotes menstruation.
Emollient - softens and soothes inflamed parts.
Esculent - Eatable as a food.
Exanthematous - Remedy for skin eruptions and diseases.
Expectorant - Facilitates expectoration.
Febrifuge - Abates and reduces fevers.
Hepatic - A remedy for diseases of the liver.
Herpatic - A remedy for skin diseases of all types.
Laxative - Promotes bowel action.
Lithontryptic - Dissolves calculi in the urinary organs.
Maturating - Ripens or brings boils to a head.
Mucilginous - Soothing to all inflammation.
Nauseant - Produces vomiting.
Nervine - Acts specifically on the nervous system, stops nervous excitement.
Opthalmicum - A remedy for eye diseases.
Parturient - induces and promotes labor at child birth.
Pectoral - A remedy for chest affections.
Refrigerant - Promotes cooling.
Resolvent - Dissolves boils and tumors.
Rubifacient - Increases circulation and produces red skin.
Sedative - A nerve tonic, promotes sleep.
Sialogogue - increases the secretion of saliva.
Stomachic - Strengthens the stomach. Relieves indigestion.
Styptic - Arrest bleeding.
Sudorific - Arrests bleeding.
Tonic - A remedy which is invigorating and strengthening.
Vermifuge - Expels worms from the system.